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We've all seen it here in Lubbock. We're driving along, and we get behind a vehicle that is just struggling to get out of its own way. Like it's jammed in 1st gear and the transmission is shot. And you wonder..."who is this clown driving this piece of crap"?

Wonder no more...that clown, is me.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media

As I began my journey to Lubbock, my truck began to have transmission problems, and towing an overloaded U-Haul certainly didn't help matters. As I pulled into town, I discovered that a band-aid repair job to stem a leak had turned into a need for major surgery. My 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, was hemorrhaging transmission fluid.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media

This was the culprit. A leak in a line that attached to my radiator had caused my transmission to burn up, and now forces me to leave a trail wherever I drive as it sprays leaking transmission fluid all over West Texas.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media

Lance Was Here...

Yep, these are the parking spaces in front of Casa De Ballance...they know where I live.


It's bad.

I asked my brothers, who are much more vehicle savvy than I, what the issue seemed to be, and if it was going to be expensive.

"Looks like you've burned up the clutch pack between 1st and 2nd gear."

"How much is that going to cost me?"

"Well, how much of a down payment can you afford for a new truck?"


So, that's where I sit.  Needing a new truck. I am looking at a Chevrolet Silverado TEXAS Edition (yeehaw), or possibly a GMC Sierra. Sorry, but I have a affinity for General Motors. Unless, y'all can help me with any suggestions on what I should do.

Until then...I'll be tooling around in the brand-new, super-duper, Awesome 98 Kia Sorrento. If you see it on the roads, be sure to honk and wave...it's probably me.

Image: Justin Massoud-Townsquare Media

Yes, that's my gut. I'm fat.

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